Are eggs okay for vegetarians?

I don't eat eggs, but there are foods that have them in it. Is this okay? Any other tips on being vegetarian are much appreciated :)

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
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    That's really a personal decision. Vegetarianism only excludes products that come directly from a slaughtered animal.

    But strict vegetarians or vegans will not eat eggs or dairy. If you're vegetarian for the reason of animal welfare, you should be aware that animals in the egg industry suffer and are killed in greater numbers than if you just ate meatloaf. In order to produce a large number of eggs to meet demand, you must also produce a large number of female chickens to lay all those eggs. Chickens are selectively bred to get them to lay an unnatural amount of eggs. Both males and females are produced because they cannot yet produce only females. The males are picked out and killed. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJ--faib7to

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    After that, one problem is that most egg-laying hens in the US are kept in battery cages without much room to even move around. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHV_rguq8Kw

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    There are often hundreds of thousands of birds in cages at a single facility. When they're done laying quality eggs, or if they become ill, they're pulled out and sent to their death. These are just some of the reasons why some people choose to go vegan. Here's more on eggs from the Humane Society http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/pdfs/farm/welf...

    If you're going to eat eggs, and you care about animals, you'll want to at least know exactly where your eggs come from, where the hens come from, and try to make the most humane choices you can with no illusions.

  • 9 years ago

    Depends on the type of vegetarian that you are.

    Vegan=NO

    Lacto-vegetarian = NO (They consume milk, but not eggs)

    Lacto-ovo-vegetarian = YES (eat milk and eggs, but no dead flesh)

    The thinking behind lacto-veg is that cows produce milk anyway, so we're only taking what they would naturally use.

    The thinking behind lacto-ovo-veg is that since the eggs are not fertilized, it's kinda like eating your period (no actual harm has been done to a fetus, since a fetus doesn't exist.)

    The thinking being veganism is that the industrialization of dairy (hormones to get larger yield, stealing from a calf) is pretty bad. Even if you go organic, it's not natural to consume the milk of another species.

    The thinking of a vegan regarding eggs is that it in industrialized, and to be profitable, the chickens are kept in as small of a land as possible, and even if they're cage free, their land is still very small.

    Whether eggs are OK for you depends on whether you agree with the thinking, know the source of the eggs, trust the company that provides your eggs, and how much you really want that cake.

  • Mike
    Lv 6
    9 years ago

    Sorry - - ! !

    you do not understand the CULTS of vegetarians and vegans

    It started in the 1800's (Chicago - stock yards and the cruelty that the founders observed. .

    the only way to improve their conditions - ! ! it started

    Cities they corrupt the human mind - - But OK - it started by boycott meat

    vegetarianism is not a God directed culture - - it is self imposed by your thoughts

    OK - - Stop - - the poultry industry is heavily monitored by the government and discriminated on by the animal rights CULTS - -(my opinion)

    Now - - EGGS - - the industry can Not allow a fertile egg to reach the market (they all too often have blood spots in the whites ( making the emotional silly faint) - (my opinion)

    since it will never Be a chicken - - then it must be just a mass of protein and healthy nutrients. .

    but don't get carried away - - one egg has all the good stuff for life no matter the species. . chicken - duck - turkey - etc - any bird or egg layer

    Please be calm with yourself - - what is advised by MAN -has nothing to do with your Firm decisions to use in your life -

    Enjoy life - keep yourself - healthy and wholesome - in your gods idea

  • 9 years ago

    If you're okay with the thought of eggs being used to make the bread you eat then have at it, I've been vegetarian for 3 years and it's tough to define my boundaries because I love brownies and wheat bread, but stores have all vegan meals, I believe there's a brand called Amy's that has all vegan meals, if you go to a Whole Foods grocery store, you're bound to find a ton of vegan/non-dairy products that you can eat and are good for your protein intake! I hope I helped!

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  • 9 years ago

    Depends:

    If you buy the eggs at a private person or small farm who have few run hens and few cocks, I would consider it as OK.

    For the eggs you can buy in stores, egg containing meals in restaurants - I think it's not an easy decision.

    I proceed as following:

    For Easter and to eat a boiled egg (which is rare except for Easter) I travel about 40 miles for a short weekend vacation and to buy 6 eggs at a family who has some chicks as their pets in the garden.

    For cooking, baking etc I use egg substitute.

    An example for home made egg substitute : http://www.organicgrocerydeals.com/forums/vegan/28...

    Or sometimes I also buy egg substitute:

    http://www.ener-g.com/low-protein-1/egg-substitute... (which I buy often)

    http://about.pricegrabber.com/search_attrib.php/pa...

    In food industry, egg laying hens are a special breed who don't develop much meat in a for the food industry reasonable time.

    Due to this reason, the male siblings of the hens would be killed right after they have been sexed (at the age of 1 (one) day) simply because they are worthless for the poultry industry and don't lay eggs.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chick_sexing

    Official documentation about hatcheries:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zbkkkn_PxE

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    Undercover documentation about hatcheries:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9um-eFlx_c

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    (part 1)

    @ Mike:

    Does the command say "do not kill humans" or "do not kill" ??

    So how do we humans nowadays know if god was talking about not to kill humans only or if it's a general law to not to kill animals at all?

    I would not be able to tell which version is correct.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_vegetariani...

  • 9 years ago

    well it seems you don't know what a vegetarian is so heres the definition from dictionary.com- adj

    2. relating to, advocating, or practising vegetarianism

    3. cookery strictly, consisting of vegetables and fruit only, but usually including milk, cheese, eggs, etc.

    So a vegetarian is somone who doesnt eat meat. But, if you are a vegan you dont eat anything ascociated with animals. So here is the definition of vegan- Vegetarianism encompasses the practice of following plant-based diets (fruits, vegetables, etc.), with or without the inclusion of dairy products or eggs, and with the exclusion of meat (red meat, poultry, and seafood). Abstention from by-products of animal slaughter, such as animal-derived rennet and gelatin, may also be practiced. Now you need to decide what you are and what you believe. I myself am a carnivore but it is your choice. Hope I helped!

    Source(s): wikepedia, dictionary.com and myself.
  • 9 years ago

    Yup. Eggs are vegetarian-friendly, but if you eat eggs in any form, you eat eggs.

  • 9 years ago

    Vegetarians can eat eggs, i dont eat them because i think they resemble a chickens period.

  • 9 years ago

    Eggs are not good for vegans because they are animal products. But for you is ok.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Amy's brand is not vegan. I'm sure they have some things without any animal products but not everything. Their pizza, for example has real cheese in it.

    Source(s): I read the box.
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